Free Pattern: Moss Stitch Fingerless Mittens

This is LONG overdue…

Yes, I am the worst. I have been missing in action for many months now, but I think it’s time to come back. Back to blogging, and back to tutorials. Let’s break back into this with a written pattern that I have been asked about for a while now:

 

As always, if you have issues, click on the video for visual instructions.

What you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn (size 4)
  •  Size H crochet hook (5 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 medium sized buttons (the size of a quarter should do nicely.)

Stitches used:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)

Leave a 12″ tail at the beginning of your slipknot for sewing.

Chain 19 (or any multiple of 2, +1 turning chain. See video to help you determine the length of your mitten. Write down/remember what number you chained for making the second mitten. )

Row 1: Sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook (mark sl st if needed), hdc into the next st, continue alternating sl st, hdc until the end of the row. Your row should end in a hdc stitch. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2 and beyond: Repeat row 1.

REMEMBER! You will always start your row with a slip stitch, you will always end your row with a half double crochet stitch.

Continue your moss stitch rows until the mitten is at the length you desire and is long enough to wrap around your hand and touch row 1. You want it to fit nicely, not too tight, not too loose. Leave an 18″ foot tail for sewing.

With your 12″ length of yarn at the top,place the mitten around your hand where you want it to be. Thread your yarn needle and sew the mitten from the tip to the webbing between your index finger and thumb. Weave the end through your work and cut off the rest of the tail. Flip it over and thread your needle through the 18″ length of tail and do the same for the other side. Make sure to try it onto make sure the opening is large enough for your thumb.

If you are having trouble, refer to video at 7:48 to see a demonstration of how to fit the mitten to your hand and how to sew it closed.

Button placement:  My video tutorial shows you where you need to place your buttons. If you need visuals, please refer to video at to 12:58 for assistance. With the mittens on your hands, take stitch markers (or whatever you wish to use) and mark where you want your buttons to go. The button on the right mitten should go on the right side and about 1.5″ up from the bottom when your palm is facing downward. The button on the left side should go on the left and about 1.5″ up from the bottom when your palm is facing downward. Sew your buttons in place.

Strap:

This is better explained in the video, but I’ll do my best!

Row 1: Let’s start with the left mitten. Place the left mitten on your left hand. You should have your button sewed on to the left. Just to the left of the button is where you want to start your strap. With a slipknot on your hook, place 5 sc stitches going gown the mitten that are lined up with your button, and are the length of your button. Ch1, turn.

(If you need more stitches because you chose a larger button, go ahead and do more, but remember the strap shouldn’t be too thick.)

Row 2: Sc int the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3 and beyond: Repeat row 2

Crochet the length of your strap that will reach to where your button begins. Make sure you are pulling snugly so it will close around your wrist without being too loose or too tight. When you reach your  button, you want to make the button hole.

Button hole: Sc into 2nd chain from the hook, ch 3, skip the next 3 chains, sc into the last stitch. If you did a strap with 5 stitches across, you should have 2 stitches on the end with a chain of 3 in the middle. From here, you want to ch 1, turn, and sc in each across for 2-3 rows. tie off, sew in your ends, and say hello to your first mitten completed in this pair!

To make the strap for the right mitten, repeat this process, but make sure you start on the right side of the button!

I know I am not the best at explaining things in these patterns. I’m way better on video. So if you need any help, please give it a watch and I’m sure it’ll answer any questions that you have.

See you in the next post!

-Lee

 

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New Video on YouTube:

Hello, crochet buddies of the world!

For the many people that have trouble with finding the right slipknot technique, I am here to help. This is my 3rd video in my ‘Crochet Quick Vid’ series dedicated to handy crochet tips that I use. Hopefully passing these tips along is helpful to some of you!

 

Have a beautiful day! See you in the next post!

 

-Lee

So, I thought I’d take up knitting…

Ive been crocheting for 4 years now. I’ve got crochet down. I do not doubt my crochetbilities. Knitting, however… I’m pretty sure I’m the worst. I know that with time I will improve, but my frustrations with it has me running right back to my hooks! For example:   
I spent 2 hours knitting this. I felt so proud. I was finally getting the hang of it! I was doing well! Oh wait… is.. is… IS THAT A HOLE?!

 Yes, indeed it is a hole. Apparently I dropped a stitch and my hard work began to unravel. 

You win this time, knitting. But I’ll be back! Maybe! 
-Lee

Free Pattern: Mesh headband

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I’m lazy as all heck when it comes to my hair. I have great hair and I never want to do it. Boy, is it wasted on me. So when I started making these, they became one of my favorite lazy gal accessories. Let’s do this!

What you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn (size 4)
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St -Slip Stitch
  • Treble stitch.

Chain 151

Row 1: Sl St into the 2nd chain on the hook. Sl st into the next 39 chains, *ch 9, skip 9 ch, treble into the 10th chain. Repeat from * 5 times, ch 9, skip 9 chains, sl St into 10th chain. Slip stitch into the next 39 chains (or to the end). Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sl St into the 2nd chain on the hook. Sl st into the next 39 chains, ch 4, skip 4 ch, treble into the 5th chain.* Chain 9, skip 9 chains, treble into the 10th chain. Repeat from * 5times. Chain 4, skip 4 chains, slip stitch into the next 40 chains (or to the end). Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1. Tie off, sew in your ends.

Very quick,very simple, very cute, and most of all very convenient! I have a very helpful video tutorial for this project in case it is confusing.

I hope you enjoy your headbands! Happy New year! I’ll see you in the next post!

Free Pattern: Moss Stitch Ear Warmer

 

This is by far my most watched YouTube tutorial. Right now it has over 900,000 views. What the WHAT?! That’s crazy cool. I had no idea that it’d be such a hit. I had made many ear warmers, but they all had the same irritating issue. The knot in the center that creates the “bow” look was chunky and uncomfortable on my forehead. I’ve remedied that issue. Video and pattern are below. If you have any questions, the video will explain everything! Have fun!

For this pattern, I chained 19. If you want it to be thinner, chain less than 19, or chain more for a wider ear warmer, but make sure you chain a multiple of 2 plus 1 turning chain!

What you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn (size 4)
  • A size H crochet hook (5 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches used:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)

Chain 19

Row 1: Sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook, hdc into the next st, continue alternating sl st, hdc until the end of the row. Your row should end in a hdc stitch. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2 and beyond: Repeat row 1.

REMEMBER! You will always start your row with a slip stitch, you will always end your row with a half double crochet stitch.

Continue your moss stitch rows until the ear warmer is at the length you desire. You want it to fit around your head (or the head of who you’re making it for) with 1/4 -1/2 inch gap between where the 2 sides meet. Do NOT tie off.

Make sure to slightly stretch the ear warmer when pulling it around your head so it fits right. Too tight will be uncomfortable, too loose will not stay put. Leave 1/4 – 1/2 inch space.

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Now that your ear warmer is at the length that you desire, lay it flat and bring the sides up to the top center this:

 

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Here is where you create your zigzag connect of the 2 front sides.

Make Your Connect: Continuing from your last slip stitch, ch 4. Sl st the chain to the top end of the other side of the wear warmer. Ch 4. Sl st to the opposite side about 3/4 inch down. Ch 4. Continue zig zag connecting all the way to the bottom until you have this:Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 12.09.29 PM

Tie off your yarn. Bunch up your ear warmer so it gathers in the center and tie your ends around it to secure it.

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Sew in your ends and cut them off. The last thing you need to do is make the band to wrap around the center. Since you chained 4 for the zigzags, we will have a band of 4 stitches across to cover it.

Make Your Band:

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. sc in the next 3 ch, ch 1, turn

Row 2-5: Repeat row 1 checking to make sure your band is long enough. If you need it to be longer to fit around your bunched zigzag connect, make it longer. Make sure it isn’t too loose fitting. Tie off.

Wrap the band around the center zigzag connect and sew the 2 sides together. Sew in all yarn ends and YOU’RE DONE!

 

I hope you enjoy your new ear warmer. I also apologize that it took me so long to get this video up on the blog. I’ll be posting again soon!

 

-Lee

Free Pattern: Double Strapped Slippers

The first ever YouTube tutorial that I created was for these slippers. I had so many requests for a pattern from countless Instagram crochet buddies. I really don’t like writing patterns but it is something that I need to get use to. Instead of writing a pattern I made a video which seemed like it would be much more fun. I loved making it, but I know a written pattern needs to be made. It’s time to stop putting this off! I receive a lot of emails and questions about this pattern, so I will make it as informative as I can.

IMG_9606KEEP IN MIND… These slippers can be customized to fit any shoe size. You’ll need to figure out how many stitches fit around the widest part of the toe box area of your foot. If you’re not sure, you can take the size hook you are using and make a chain of 30. Wrap it snugly around the bottom/widest part of your toe box area (where your toes end) and see if it fits. You’ll either need to make more chains or remove chains. This should help you figure out ABOUT how many stitches you need round 4 (or round 5) to be. It may not be exact. Trial and error is our friend. It helps make us better crocheters!

Also remember that this pattern can be made with as many colors as you choose to, but for pattern purposes I will be explaining how to make these with 2 different colors. I will also be explaining how to make these for an average width foot. Alteration info is in BOLD down below.

What you will need:

  • 2 colors of medium weight (size 4) yarn (one for Color A and one for Color B)
  • US- G, 4.0mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • a yarn needle

Stitches/techniques used:

  • Magic Ring technique (video tutorial can be found HERE)
  • hdc (half double crochet stitch)
  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • ch (chain)
  • st (stitch)

Create a magic ring. If you do not want to do the magic ring, you can chain 5 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring. Ch. 1

Round 1:  With COLOR A, 8 hdc into your ring. If using the magic ring, pull ring closed. Sl st into the first hdc you made. (8 hdc)

Round 2: Ch 1. Place 2 hdc into the same st and every st around. Sl st into the first hdc, tie off round(16 hdc)

Round 3: Connect COLOR B (if you’re changing colors), ch 1. 1 hdc into the same st. 2 hdc in the next st. *1 hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the round. Sl st into the first hdc. (24 hdc)

If you need less than 32 stitches for your 4th round you need to only add enough increases to give you your final number. For example: If you need 30 stitches, skip doing the last 2 increases (2 in each stitch) and just put 1 in each stitch. It doesn’t matter where you omit increases as long as you end up with the number of stitches you need for the foot that will be wearing these. Remember, every increase you omit will decrease your total number of stitches by 1.

Once you reach your number, only put 1 hdc into each stitch around for the rest of the toe area of the slipper. 

ROUND 4: Ch 1. 1 hdc into the same st, 1 hdc into the 2nd st, 2 hdc into the third st. *1 hdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the first hdc (32 hdc OR however many you need to fit yourself)

If you need more than 32 stitches you will need to add enough increases (2 in each stitch) into row 5 to get your number. Remember , every increase you make adds one more stitch to your total number.

ROUNDS 5-6: Ch. 1. Connect COLOR A. 1 hdc into the same stitch, then 1 hdc into every stitch around. Sl st into the first hdc, tie off at round 6.

ROUNDS 7-8: Ch. 1. Connect COLOR B. 1 hdc into the same stitch, then 1 hdc into every stitch around. Sl st into the first hdc, tie off at round 8.

At this point your toe area should be done. Put the slipper on and take the tail end, place a stitch marker (for reference if needed) and place it on top of your pinky toe (at the center or more toward your next toe). Place a stitch marker in a stitch that is at the midpoint of your big toe. The space on top between the stitches will be the opening of your slipper. Take off the slipper, connect COLOR A.

FOOTBED ROW 1: With COLOR A, start at the marker with where you ended the last round. 1 hdc into the first stitch and every stitch until you hit the second stitch marker. Remember to remove the stitch marker and hdc into that stitch as well. Ch. 1 and turn.

FOOTBED ROW 2 and BEYOND: 1 hdc into every stitch across. At the end of ROW 2 you will connect COLOR B and switch colors every 2 rows. Continue this until it is long enough to wrap around your heel (pictures below).2

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Now, just whip-stitch the back closed and you’re finished with the body of the slipper! See my youtube tutorial for the best way to close in the back of the slipper if you are having issues.

The final part is the straps. Again, see the video for info on how to attach your straps if you have trouble.

Attach a slipknot to your hook with color B. You want to start your strap in the 2nd color stripe (stripe B) on the footbed. From either side of the slipper, place your hook at the right end where the first B stripe meets the A stripe (shown below).

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Row 1: Make 4 sc across the stripe, ch 1, turn (4 sc)

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Row 2 and beyond: 1 sc in each stitch across (4 sc)

Continue your 4 sc across each row until it is long enough to reach the other side. Try on slipper and make sure the strap is not too loose or too tight to your foot. When you have reached the desired length, end your row and sew it to the stripe on the other side. Repeat process for 2nd strap(next Color B strap toward the heel). Sew in all loose ends.

HOORAY! You have just finished your slipper. Just repeat this process for the second slipper using what you wrote down so your slippers will match perfectly. See you in the next pattern!

How crochet saved me:

Anxiety is a jerk. I never knew what it was until the Fall of 2010. Many things were causing me stress. Before I developed anxiety I was able to shake off so many things that bothered me. Rough day? No problem! I’d go home, have a drink with a splash of rum in it, watch some Netflix and go to sleep. Stress gone! But I had gone through some changes just before that which lead to anxiety making a daily appearance. Work was stressful and I felt like I was NEVER going to be promoted beyond the position I was in, I was dealing with an UNRULY cat at home who attacked me on a nearly daily basis, my school was demanding crazy high monthly payments in order for me to finish up my last 4 credits for a BA in film production, and the final piece of the crappy puzzle was… let’s just call him “dude”.

 Between work, getting fangs jabbed into my body, school BS, and “dude”… things were not going well. Work got worse, my cat was clearly unhappy (which i felt bad about) and “dude” peaced out without a word, a reason or a goodbye (RUDE!).  This was my trigger. The trigger that unlocked the door and let anxiety just waltz its ass right on into my world. Funny… I DON’T REMEMBER INVITING YOU IN!!!

 After about a week of this unfamiliar state I was convinced I was going insane. I had trouble breathing, couldn’t think straight, and don’t even get me started on the panic attacks! I also had a number of doctor visits where they told me there was nothing physically wrong with me and it was probably anxiety. It was weeks of going through this and trying to hide it before I said anything to anyone. After a few months I was able to regain sanity but I was still having problems with not being able to quiet my brain. The more I thought about things, the more anxiety I had. 

 One day I got a text from my friend Marie asking me if I wanted to join her and one of our co-workers to sit and crochet. They offered to teach me and I jumped on it. Any reason to not have to be at home stuck with nothing but my thoughts. I wasn’t particularly interested in crochet. My mother learned to crochet at the age of 8. I grew up with her crocheting plenty… yet I was never interested to try. But at this point, I was up for anything. I went to a craft store, bought a skein of lavender colored yarn and an H hook and headed over to learn.

I caught on incredibly fast. I was shocked how easily it came to me. I found that when I was concentrating on that, I wasn’t thinking of everything else that was bothering me, which was a huge plus in my book. From that night on I had something that helped. Crochet gave me something to focus on. With opposite schedules keeping me from my friends I was unable to get together again with them soon after so I did the next best thing… I went to YouTube and watched crochet tutorials and crocheted along. 

 

Do I still get anxiety? Yup. But I’ve also gotten better at coping with stress. I changed a lot of things in my life that caused me stress. I found a new job, I found a better home for my cat (which was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but worked out amazingly!), and I stopped letting shitty people’s actions affect me. I’ve also gotten pretty kick ass at crochet.

Thanks to Marie, Mo and YouTube tutorial creators for starting and fueling my addiction.

 

Catch you in the next post, crochet buddies!

 

-Lee